Directed and written by : Richard Bates Jr.
Staring : AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter, and John Waters
John Waters said this film was weird. JOHN WATERS said this movie was weird. This was the only thing I knew about Excision besides the small premise on the Sundance website. Part of the midnight series, Excision (at first glance) is the story about an outcast girl named Pauline who wants to become a surgeon. After the final scene of this film though, it became clear that it was MUCH more than that. Through funny, horrific, and downright disturbing scenes, Excision will soon become a cult classic among horror fans.
As soon as the film started, I honestly felt disgusted with the opening scene, something I cannot remember feeling while watching anything. It wasn’t enough to make me leave, but it was both fun and horrifying actually feeling disturbed within the first minute. From there, Excision did not let up. Part of me wants to go through some of the horrific scenes that happen, but part of me also wants to wait JUST in case it gets some sort of distribution. The way I see it, if Teeth could be released, Excision can.
This was easily one of the best films I’ve seen at Sundance, nay, the best film I’ve seen in awhile. The story panned out to something I never would’ve expected (I don’t think much of the audience did either). AnnaLynne McCord was PERFECT as the role of the main character Pauline. This is essentially Welcome to the Dollhouse on crack. After reading that, you should basically be all set seeing this.
I haven’t given a rating for any other film, but this is a MUST see (5 out of 5 I guess). Distribution or not, I hate to say it, but if you can find it online check it out. But if you can support this director, please do. He’s very talented and knows what he’s doing when it comes to horror films.